The skills shortages magnified by COVID-19
Have you learnt how to work remotely? Or finally tried out that banana bread recipe hanging on the fridge? You’re not alone. Many of us have fast-tracked our skill development in some way since the COVID-19 restrictions started.
But why stop at banana bread?
According to Fiona Anson, UTS’s Future Skills Expert, Australia is at a pivotal point when it comes to the way we perceive education.
“In the past, there was a sentiment that people could train and be set for life. But that's not the case anymore. Jobs and the skills needed for them are changing so fast that, to stay relevant, people need to continuously re-skill and up-skill.”
The skills we need, now and later
"The job market has drastically changed in the last two months," says Fiona.
Some jobs that were in demand before COVID-19 are still in short supply now. More than likely, they still will be on the other side.
There are three key skills shortages that we need to address as individuals, organisations and as a nation says Fiona.
1. Understanding and analysing data
We have access to more data than ever. We need skilled people who understand how to access and interpret data so organisations can make the best use of it.
Data specialists such as data analysts, data scientists and data engineers are, and will continue to be, in high demand.
2. Security and risk management
We’re moving towards a more technology-based living which means our online and offline privacy is becoming a focus.
Cyber security and risk monitoring, management and mitigation calls for specialists in this field. There's a massive (and increasing!) demand for them.
3. Change management and business transformation
If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it’s how adaptable and resilient we are. We’ve seen that it’s possible to change and innovate quickly. And it will only get faster.
Businesses will be looking for people who can innovate, as well as handle, implement and champion change.
Start learning now
Explore a range of online taster courses through UTS Open, such as a Journey through data and Making decisions in uncertainty.
Speak to us about ways to upskill your workforce.
This article is based on, and contains excerpts from, Life after lockdown: The new career normal.